This Aspiring Diplomat Learned to Never Give Up
Impa, 12-years-old, Level L Math, Reading Program Completer
Just over a year ago, 12-year-old Impa successfully completed the Kumon Reading Program, which ends with analyzing the works of Shakespeare. Now, she is working towards completing the Kumon Math Program as well. It’s no surprise that Impa is ahead of her peers in school, while she’s already studying the introduction of calculus in the 7th grade.
“Working on challenging material in Kumon makes me realize how important grit and dedication are,” said Impa. “I feel so proud and satisfied with myself every time I think back to those moments. I now know that the hardest mountain is the best one to conquer!”
Wow, inspiring words from such a young girl. Impa’s tenacity and work ethic will be key factors in helping her achieve her dreams of one day becoming a diplomat.
Outside of the classroom, Impa maintains an active lifestyle by participating in competitive volleyball, swimming, dance, and hiking – just to name a few. She is proud to say that she was the only student selected from her school to be a part of Envision. This prestigious STEM Program seeks bright students from across the country for the opportunity to not only work towards their future success, but to also get a real hands-on STEM experience. Members of the program work on projects that mirror real-world challenges, and require a great level of innovation, creativity, critical thinking skills, and communication.
Impa’s hard work and dedication was recognized, having been one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Impa about her Kumon journey thus far.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon has helped me academically by giving me advantages in school. I recently got transferred to a new school which teaches at a level above your current grade. I am currently in 7th grade, however I am learning 8th grade level material. Thanks to Kumon, my school work feels like a breeze. I am also in the Gifted and Talented Program, which teaches me new material that’s ahead of my peers.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has helped me outside of the classroom by teaching me what grit and perseverance are. Because of the level of commitment that Kumon takes, I learned to never give up. I have learned that pushing forward and looking at the big picture helps me. Each day, I am striving for excellence.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
At first, Kumon feels like a hurdle. At times it feels very difficult to reach, overcome, and finish. Once you’ve gotten over the “hurdle,” it feels great! Knowing I already completed the Kumon Reading Program keeps me motivated to work through any tough levels in Math.
What did attending the Student Conference mean to you?
It was such a special moment for me, and I realized right then that the past six years were completely worth it. I would tell anyone that joining Kumon was the best decision I ever made!
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
I would tell other Kumon Students that despite any challenge they may face, Kumon is going to be the one thing that you’re going to be so thankful for.